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A Final Look At The 2008 Olympics with a U.S. Feel To It
By Clayton Ruley
 

 

The Medal Count - The United States (U.S.) won 110 medals compared to China's 100 but China led the gold medal count with 51 compared to the U.S.'s 36. This gold pictured with Michael Phelps is one of his personal eight won this year.

The U.S. Highlights with other significants thrown in - 22 year old Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the 100 (9.69 seconds) and 200 meters (19.30 seconds) setting world records for each. This is the first time a person has set world records for all three events in the same Olympics. Bolt, nicknamed "Lightning Bolt" for Obvious reasons also won the 4x100 meter relay with his fellow Jamaican teammates and set a world record there with a time of 37.10 seconds. He's the first since Carl Lewis (1984) to win all three in an Olympics games. The United States sprinter Walter Dix won bronze in the 100 meters.

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals in the games breaking Mark Spitz record of 7 gold and now has 14 gold medals, which is the most ever for an Olympian. Phelps set world records in 7 of the eight events he won gold in and is only 23 years old! Overall he has 16 Olympic medals 14 gold and two bronze.

The United States won the Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay and the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay

Aaron Peirsol won the 100 meter backstroke with Matt Greivers coming in second.

Ryan Lochte won the 200 meter backstroke with Aaron Peirsol coming in second.

Women's 100m Backstroke was won by Natalie Coughlin.

41year old United States swimmer Dara Torres won silver in the 50 meter freestyle final.

Rebecca Somi won gold in the Women's 200m Breaststroke and got silver in the 100m Women's Breaststroke

U.S.sprinter Tyson Gay disappointed many and failed to qualify for the 100 meter final and also was part of the dropped baton exchange on the 4x100 relay causing the U.S. to be disqualified from that competition.

18 year old U.S. gymnast Nashia Lukin won the 2008 Olympic individual all-around gold medal, won silver on the uneven bars and bronze on the floor exercise and won bronze in the balance beam. Counting the U.S. team winning the silver medal she won five Olympic medals tying her with Shannon Miller and Mary Lou Retton as the most in one Olympic games for gymnasts.

Shawn Johnson finished second in the individual all-around and won gold in the Women's Beam.

The U.S. Gymnastics team won bronze in the team competition.

The U.S, women's softball team lost for the first time in eight years and it happened to be in the gold medal game losing to Japan 3-1. They took silver. The American streaks of three softball golds and 22 victories were broken.

The U.S. women's soccer team took the gold medal home after defeating Brazil 1-0 in the gold medal game. It's their third gold in four Olympics.

Americans Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh won Olympic gold medal over China's Tian Jia and Wang Jie. Americans Todd Rogers & Phil Dalhausser took home gold in the men's competition defeating Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes of Brazil.

The U.S. men's water polo team took the silver after losing to Hungary in the gold medal game.

The U.S. men's volleyball team took home the gold medal defeating Brazil in 3 straight sets. The U.S. women's team finished with the silver medal.

Spain's tennis star and current world number one player Rafael Nadal won men's gold while Elena Dementieva of Russia won it for the women. In doubles Swiss players Roger Federer & Stanislas Wawrinka won while Venus & Serena Williams won women's doubles. Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva in fact swept the gold, silver and bronze medals for the women's singles. Mike and Bob Bryan finished with the bronze in the men's doubles.

The U.S. men and women's basketball teams both won the gold. The women defeated the Austrailian team led by center Lauren Jackson 92-65. The United States women won its eight Olympic games by an average of 38.8 points.This is their fourth consecutive gold medal, their sixth overall, and extended their Olympic winning streak to 33 games. The men won their first gold since 2000 and defeated Spain 118-107. The United States men have medaled in every Olympics they have played in, including 13 gold medals, 1 silver and two bronze, while compiling a 122-5 win-loss record for a 96.0 winning percentage. U.S. Olympic teams featuring NBA players are 35-3 in the Olympics, and the USA has won four of five Olympic titles (1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008).

United States own Shalane Flanagan finished with the bronze in the 10,000 meter final.

Christian Cantwell won silver in the men's shot put .

United States' thrower Stephanie Brown Trafton won the discus throw gold medal.

United States' Jennifer Stuczynski won the silver in the pole vault.

United States' sprinter Sanya Richards finished with a bronze medal in the 400 meters final

Angelo Taylor, Kerron Clement and Bershawn Jackson swept the 400 meter hurdles for the United States winning gold, silver and bronze in order.

Dawn Harper of the United States won the 100 meter hurdles.

Sheena Tosta of the United States won the 400 meter hurdles.

Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix finished in silver and bronze respectively in the 200 meter final.

U.S.Boxer Deontay Wilder took home bronze in the men's heavyweight (91kg) division.

Hyleas Fountain won the silver in the women's heptathlon.

U.S. men's baseball team took home the Bronze medal.

Allyson Felix won the women's 200 meter gold.

Bryan Clay won gold in the 1500 meter decathlon.

Both the men's and women's team won gold in the 4x400 relay final.

Kenya's Samuel Kamau Wansiru won the men's marathon while Romania's Constantina Tomescu won for the women.

In rowing, the women's eight took home gold while the men's eight took home bronze.

Marial Zugunis won the individual gold in women's individual Sabre (Fencing)

In road cycling, women's individual time trial Kristin Armstrong won gold.

In equestrian, the United States won the jumping team final gold medal

In shooting, Vincent Hancock won gold in the Men's Skeet while Walton Eller won gold in the Men's Double Trap.

Jamaica's Sally Ann-Fraser won the women's 100 meter final while Veronica Campbell-Brown won the 200 meter final. Meleane Walker won the 400 meter hurdles. The men won the 4x100 meter relay.

For Great Britain, Rebecca Adlington won the Women's 400m & 800m Freestyle.

The Chinese team won gold in women's individual archery, boxing's light heavy and flyweight divisions badminton's men's singles, women's singles and women's doubles, canoe double (C2) 500m Men in canoeing/kayaking (Flatwater), wrestling's men's 85kg, women's 48kg, rowing's women's quadruple sculls, sailing's RS: X women, women wrestling's 58, 69 and 75kg divisions, diving's 3m springboard for men and women and much more.

 

Any questions, comments, suggestions email Clayton at clayton@geoclan.com.

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